6.16.2014

Washing Diapers Part-Time

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Sometimes it's not possible to cloth diaper full time or you may be potty training and still use diapers at nights and naps. Or have you ever found a dirty diaper after you've just finished washing your cloth diapers? You can still wash your diapers without a full load! Those no need to wait to have enough diapers to wash. 

Times you may need to wash a very small load:
  • Part-time cloth diapering
  • Potty training
  • Night-time diapers only

Keep a small hanging wet bag either near your changing table or in your bathroom, whichever is more convenient. When it's time to wash the diapers, every 2 -3 days, empty your diapers and the wet bag into the washing machine and follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Do a rinse cycle with warm water on the smallest water setting. 
Step 2: Add your other laundry and your detergent. Don't forget to change your water setting to the correct load size if necessary. Wash as normal.

You can wash with clothing, towels, or sheets. If washing with your clothes, you'll want to do your wash cycle on cold water so you don't shrink your clothing. If washing with sheets or towels, hot water is best. 

The rinse cycle helps to remove as much as waste as possible from your diapers so you aren't washing all of your laundry in pee and poop. I prefer to wash with sheets or towels so I can wash my diapers in hot water, but an occasional cold wash won't hurt. It is best not to try to wash just 3 or 4 diapers by themselves because the load size is too small and the diapers won't create enough friction to agitate together.



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75 comments:

  1. This is perfect for me since I'm a newbie and don't have a full stash yet!

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  2. Great tips! I'm new to cloth diapering and want to make sure I'm taking good care of the diapers!

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  3. Thanks for the advise. I am going to start cloth diapering my newborn (due in August!) with a hybrid system and was wondering what to do if I end up using more disposable inserts at the beginning leaving me with just a few cloth inserts to wash. This totally helped!!! :)

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  4. Thanks for the tips! My LO is approaching potty training, and wondered how laundry would work.

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  5. I would never have thought to wash with regular clothing, but that totally makes sense. Once you've rinsed out the ickies, it's totally fine!

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  6. Although we use cloth full time and are nowhere near potty training, this info will definitely be helpful down the road!

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  7. Never thought of the dipes not causing enough friction with only a few being washed! Thank you!

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  8. Thanks for these great tips. I never thought about only washing a partial load - I haven't started my CD journey as baby isn't due until July 25th!

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  9. Great tips! We have used cloth full time for a year and a half.

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  10. We're getting ready to potty train & this will become a problem then

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  11. Thanks for the tip! When it comes to potty train, we'll probably follow this advice! But for now, we have medium size loads!!

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  12. I am about to start my first full load of dirties, really happy about this article and the rest of the blog hop articles.

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  13. Great tips! Will definitely keep in mind for when we start potty training in a couple years.

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  14. We're in the beginning stages of potty training, hopefully we can use these tips soon!

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  15. That's a great idea! I always find a diaper that my husband changed right after I hang the diapers up to dry.

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  16. Helpful bc everyone wants to potty train eventually lol

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  17. I haven't thought about washing towels with them. I'll probably need to add something to the load since I have a HE washer. Thanks for the tip!

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  18. awesome info and definitely would be a big help since our stash isn't fleshed out yet

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  19. We are just getting started with cloth diapers and my husband isn't totally on board, so it's great to hear tips on how to handle washing slightly smaller loads of diapers! Makes great sense to wash other stuff too. :)

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  20. Love knowing that I could wash cloth dipes with other items.

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  21. Great idea to wash other items to create a larger load

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  22. Perfect! Getting laundry done in fewer loads, saving energy and time!

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  23. Thanks so much!! We're potty training right now so this is perfect timing!! :) :)

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  24. Good tips! Full time right now, but still helpful.

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  25. I seem to always forget a wet bag with just a couple of diapers!

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  26. This post was helpful because my sister just started cloth diapering part time and I can give her this great information

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  27. Good to know if I ever have a small load!

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  28. I've done this before, but this confirms that it's not going to ruin my clothes! And that I'm not the only one...

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  29. This post is very helpful, thanks

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  30. Huh. I never thought to wash with regular clothing, only towels!

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  31. Nice to know for the future!

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  32. Good info for beginners like me...especially since I'm still working on my routine

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  33. this is actually something I was wondering about just a few days ago. I'll be cloth diapering my first child due in october…every tip was helpful!

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  34. Never thought about washing with towels, may give it a try :)

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  35. super article, with a bonus contest! woo hoo!

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  36. I've totally done this before. Definitely helpful in a pinch.

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  37. I didn't know that it's more helpful to have other items in the wash to help agitate the diapers.

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  38. I had to do this when my stash was small just starting out! Great tips for everyone to know

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  39. I never thought to wash my diapers with sheets or towels! Thanks!

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  40. Everyone on the forums sing the praises of Kelly's Closet so I'm going to have to give it try sometime! (Hopefully I can try for free! Haha)

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  41. Great tips! I just used my first cloth diaper (super undies night time) and used it for the first time and already had stink issues. Guess I should read someore laundry tips.

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  42. Just started cloth diapering, but this is great to know for when we potty train!

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  43. Thank you! Now I know how to just wash a few

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  44. I never thought to wash them with clothes or towels after rinsing. That would cut down my loads of laundry per week.

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  45. It was nice to now how to wash just a few diapers at a time and still have the wash be effective. I've never really thought of washing diapers with other laundry before.

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  46. We are a family of 7 so there's always tons of laundry. Knocking out a load of laundry with the diapers sounds good to me!

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  47. I've honestly never thought about washing them with towels. I'm cloth diapering two, and sometimes the loads get pretty big, but not big enough for 2. Splitting it and washing some with towels might be the answer!

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  48. That's great advice! I always add my baby rags after my soak for a complete load.

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  49. Thanks! I've never thought about washing diapers with other laundry.

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  50. This is perfect for my potty trained 2 year old who wears nighttime diapers only. Thanks!

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  51. great tips regarding water temperature!

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  52. Been wondering how people does it. This is exactly what I do :)

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  53. Needed this! Doing part time for now and hopefully full time later. Great top on the water temp too! Thanks!

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  54. This is perfect for right before vacation, when I don't have a full load but yet can't wait till we get back!

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  55. We just started potty training so this blog post was very helpful! I was wondering how much water I'd be wasting trying to wash just a few diapers a week...I think I'll start throwing them in with the towels now :)

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  56. Good info to know - thanks for sharing!

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  57. This was great as we are potty training and only going through 3 diapers a day!

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  58. We're just getting ready to start cloth with our newborn due in a few weeks- this is great to know for the times that we'll have just a few to get done!

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  59. This is helpful since I often have to wash to days in a row. Thanks for the info.

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  60. I think this was helpful as it reminded me that I don't have to do every load in my routine, that I can deviate once in a while if the situation warrants it.

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  61. Thank you for the information, our oldest is potty trained now, and our diaper loads got much smaller

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  62. I am anticipating using disposables at daycare and cloth at home, so any information on how to do this is awesome! Do you wash every 2 to 3 days even with a partial load because you should not leave them dirty longer than that?

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    1. Yes, you don't really want to go longer than 2-3 days.

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  63. Great tip for that sneaky diaper that didn't make it into the big load of cloth

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  64. I never thought about this! Thank you for the tips.

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  65. Thanks for the great tips. Would be such a blessing to win this, we just found out we are adopting a newborn in sept and scrambling to get everything she will need!

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